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Martha Whitman

Martha Whitman

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta

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Martha's work combines: Education, Writing, and Working with Others

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Day In The Life

Membership Specialist

Support the efforts of Girl Scout Volunteers.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Environmental Studies

    Antioch University-Midwest

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High School

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Graduate Degree

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Having 2 daughters and wanting them to have varied, fun and challenging growth experiences.

  • 2.

    Putting the first one into a Girl Scout Troop.

  • 3.

    Moving to a new area where I wanted the daughter to continue in Girl Scouts to meet other girls.

  • 4.

    Volunteering to lead a Girl Scout Troop when no other mother would do it.

  • 5.

    Becoming the Service Unit Director and overseeing 35 troops.

  • 6.

    Volunteering to direct a Girl Scout Day Camp so it would not stop happening every summer.

  • 7.

    Being asked to work for Girl Scouts as a staff member.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Parents:

    You should stop being a teacher and avoid working in public schools. You shouldn't do so much volunteer work.

  • How I responded:

    I went on doing what I wanted to do as long as it gave me pleasure. That meant I did stop teaching in public schools and I did not stop volunteering. I did try to compartmentalize volunteering so my family would have more family time. Volunteering led to a paying job that incorporates what I loved doing as a volunteer with earning a paycheck.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • Working from home meant I had to help my family learn to give me space to work. Having an office in the house helped create work separation. I tried to work while everyone else was at work or school and be available when they returned home.